''Luiza Sauma's debut novel is that rare thing: a completely absorbing, brilliantly-designed, literary work. Her ability to cut across time and continents and to inhabit the physical and inner life of both a young Brazilian and that same man in middle-age is as dazzling as the novel's plot. The reveal, when it comes, is astonishing-sensuous, shocking, and completely earned.'' (Anita Shreve,
New York Times best-selling author of The Pilot’s Wife) ''Her writing is beautiful. I am sure I'll see her name on the spine of many a novel to come.'' (Rachel Seiffert, author of the Booker-short-listed
The Dark Room) ''Sauma's writing is sensual and evocative.
Flesh and Bone and Water is a powerful depiction of sexual attraction and long lost loves; a haunting weave of Rio, the Amazon and present-day London.'' (Ardashir Vakil, award-winning author of
Beach Boy) ''Luiza Sauma's first novel,
Flesh and Bone and Water, is lush and evocative. The secret at the center came as a shocking surprise, and the characters were as haunted as I was. Sip a caipirinha and enjoy.'' (Lisa See) ''I devoured this stunning debut by Luiza Sauma. An immersive, heart-breaking coming of age story. Beg, borrow or steal a copy.'' (Susie Steiner, author of